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Desktop

Hardware

I initially built this desktop as a replacement for my laptop, but I quickly realized that macOS is pretty essential for many of my workflows (WSL is nice, but I prefer a deeper integration with the OS). After a few months as a hackintosh, I installed Ubuntu, which now acts as its primary OS. This computer has become my daily driver for development work and playing games.

Screenshots running Ubuntu Budgie:

desktop screenshot with firefox and sublime text
desktop screenshot with firefox and sublime text
desktop screenshot with wallpaper and terminal
desktop screenshot with wallpaper and terminal

After having used Linux almost full-time for close to a year now, I recently switched from Budgie (a nice DE that replicates my most-missed mac feature, the global menu bar) to i3. At first i3 was incredibly intimidating, but I’ve quickly picked up on most of the basics, and done some light configuration to set colors and keyboard shortcuts how I want them. The keyboard-driven workflow is something I’ve wanted for a bit now as I frequently find myself drawn to using keyboard commands for everything if possible, both due to speed and ergonomics.

screenshot of sublime text and a terminal
screenshot of sublime text and a terminal
i never use floating mode, but it sure looks nice
i never use floating mode, but it sure looks nice
  • OS: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel i5-7500 3.4Ghz Quad-Core
  • Motherboard: MSI Z270 SLI PLUS LGA1151
  • RAM: Team Dark 16GB DDR4-2400
  • Storage:
    • Samsung 960 EVO 250GB m.2 (Windows boot drive)
    • WD 500GB Blue SATAIII SSD (Ubuntu boot drive)
    • Seagate 2TB HDD
    • Seagate 2TB FireCuda SHDD
    • Leftover 500GB HDD from my PS4
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 770 2Gb
  • Power Supply: EVGA NEX 650W
  • Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (White)
  • Monitor: Dell U2415h (24”, 1920x1200)
  • Keyboard: Apple Magic Keyboard
  • Mouse: Logitech MX Master 2S
  • Headphones: Sennheiser HD595

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Software

Code/Work

Sublime Text 3 setup on Ubuntu
Sublime Text 3 setup on Ubuntu

I use Sublime Text for pretty much everything writing related. I occasionally use vim when sshing into a server, but I still prefer a GUI-based text editor for daily usage. I use the following extensions with it:

  • Theme: Spacegray
  • Color Scheme: Mariana
  • Extensions:
    • MarkdownEditing
    • JavaScript Completions
    • SideBarEnhancements
    • ColorPicker
    • Autoprefixer

I use Firefox as my primary browser, with Chromium as my secondary/work browser. I like keeping my personal life on one with work on the other, since that allows me to mentally switch modes easier than if everything was in one profile.

Media

  • mpv
  • Spotify (reluctantly)
  • RhythmBox
  • cmus

Old Laptop

This is my last laptop, which I traded to Nick Splendorr for his 13” MacBook Air.

laptop stats print
laptop stats print
  • 15” Macbook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013)
  • Intel i7 2.7Ghz Quad-Core
  • 16GB RAM
  • 250Gb SSD
  • NVidia 650M

Phone

phone screenshot as of july 2018
phone screenshot as of july 2018
phone screenshot as of august 2018
phone screenshot as of august 2018

I have an iPhone 6S (white, 128gb) that I bought at launch and don’t see myself getting rid of any time soon. The battery life isn’t amazing, but it gets the job done (and still has a headphone jack!).

Software

Utility

  • Things
  • 1Password
  • OTP Auth
    • 2FA client
  • iA Writer
  • Halide
    • camera app with manual controls and RAW support
  • Hello Weather
  • Pinner
    • pinboard client

Social

  • Tweetbot
  • Discord

Media

  • Doppler
    • fantastic music player app
    • allows you to just drag files in from a browser, or import directly from safari
  • Overcast
    • saved over 24 hours with smart speed
  • Reeder
  • Apple Books
  • nPlayer
    • all-purpose video player with network support
  • ComicGlass
    • extremely utilitarian function-over-form manga/comic reader